The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on March 21, 2018 granted approval to amend the regulation for admission to PG medical courses in order to expand the scope of persons with disabilities getting the benefit of reservation.
With the decision, the seats reserved for people with disabilities for admission to postgraduate medical courses will be increased from 3 per cent to 5 per cent.
Speaking on the same, Union Minister of health and family welfare JP Nadda said that the percentage of seats to be filled up by persons with disabilities has been increased from 3 per cent to 5 per cent in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. He added that now all 21 benchmark disabilities as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 can register for admission to medical courses.
According to the amended provision, 21 kinds of disabilities include blindness, low-vision, leprosy cured persons, hearing impairment (deaf and hard of hearing), locomotor disability, dwarfism, intellectual disability, mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, chronic neurological conditions, specific learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, speech and language disability, thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, multiple disabilities (including deaf-blindness), acid attack victim and Parkinson's disease.
Further, the government has amended the software used by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for central counselling to allow registration of all such candidates.
The registration and allotment of seats would be followed by a medical examination to ascertain the level of disability before finally granting admission to candidates selected under the reserved quota.